7:15 PM ET, March 28, 2013
Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia
WASHINGTON -- After sweating through a pair of edge-of-your-seat comebacks, Marquette's first Sweet 16 victory in a decade was as straight and smooth as the 15-foot step-back jumper that Vander Blue nailed at the end of the first half.It helped that the Golden Eagles ran into an out-of-sorts Miami team that, in an echo of its bus ride to the Verizon Center, was able to make as much headway as a frustrated commuter in rush-hour traffic.
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MVPs: Junior Vander Blue got Marquette off to a hot start early, scoring six of his 14 points during a 10-1 run that put the Golden Eagles up 14-5 and for good. Teammate Jamil Wilson -- who gave Marquette its first double-digit lead one possession later -- led the Eagles with 16 points.
X factor: Miami managed to hit only 1 of 12 3-pointers (8.3 percent) and 6 of 28 shots overall (21.4 percent) in the first half. It trailed Marquette 29-16 at halftime, and its shooting never got much better, as it made worse than 30 percent of its 3-pointers and 36 percent of its shots for the game. The final margin of victory was 10, but it never really seemed that close after the first one-third or so of the game.
That was ... surprisingly lopsided: Miami had been holding foes to 39.6 percent shooting entering the game, but Marquette shredded through the Canes' defense, shooting 54 percent.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||27-50 (.540)||22-63 (.349)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-6 (.500)||8-26 (.308)|
|FT Made-Attempted||14-19 (.737)||9-12 (.750)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||11 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|
|» Mar 28, 2013||MARQ 71, @MIA 61||Recap|
Miami used its full-court press for the first time with 14:26 remaining in the second half, and caused a Marquette turnover. However, the Hurricanes allowed Marquette to score 16 points on 13 possessions that began with the press over the final 14 minutes of the game. The Golden Eagles scored 14 of their 20 transition points on possessions that began with Miami's full-court press.
Miami allowed 71 points on 60 possessions Thursday, its second-worst defensive efficiency in a game this season. The Hurricanes lost for the first time this season in a game with 60 or fewer possessions (previously 10-0).[+]
Marquette scored 40 points in the paint Thursday, its most paint points in any game in the last four Men's Basketball Championships and most in its last 12 games overall. The Golden Eagles entered Thursday's game averaging 32.1 paint points per game this season.[+]
In the Paint
NEXT LEVEL: Marquette scored 1.18 points per possession against Miami, the 2nd-most points per possession the Hurricanes have allowed in a game this season. The 'Canes are 2-5 this season when allowing more than 1.1 points per possession. Their 4 worst defensive performances in terms of efficiency are against NCAA Tournament teams.[+]
Most Points per Possession Allowed - Miami This Season
Marquette is in the Elite 8 for the 1st time since D-Wade led the way for the 3rd seeded Eagles 10 years ago. This season, Vander Blue has led the way for the 3rd seeded Eagles and has been more efficient than Wade.[+]
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